Oh--then maybe I have a female line?
The adult females are very, very cleanly marked- with very little ticking or mossiness/smut. No errant black feathers either.
I asked an APA/ABA judge what I can do to get birds that are more even in colour--with better saddles and better size, and his suggestion was to get some really good lights, and mate them in.
My problem with that is--while it's a great sex-link cross to put a gold cock with silver hens, it doesn't work in reverse, and I don't want to have to select out birds that have white feathers--that's possibly just breeding in more trouble. I only have so many years of life left--and if I can't find it--then I'm going to have to make it. Not that I show, I don't anymore, and never showed large fowl, but my goal is to breed to the SOP with the idea that in theory I "could" plunk birds down on a show table and not slink away in embarrassment.
Mostly though--I want dual purpose birds--these hens lay very well--but they are quite a bit smaller than my one Dark pullet is--so--they lack size. The males--there are 2 distinct differences-- a couple who are smaller sized, but have really nice leg and foot feathers. Then there are the 2 bigger guys--and they are lacking great leg and foot feathering.
I forget what my question was, now.
Oh-yeah--Big Medicine answered it--you can't tell males from females at a young age based on down colour. I think.